Coronavirus latest updates: India's COVID-19 tally crosses 28-lakh mark, reports 69,652 new COVID-19 cases
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With highest single day spike of 69,652 new coronavirus cases, India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 28-lakh mark on Thursday.

India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 28,36,926, with 69,652 people testing positive in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry. The death toll climbed to 53,866 with 977 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 count includes 6,86,395 active cases, 20,96,665 discharged/migrated patients and 52,889 deaths, according to the Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the total samples tested up to August 19 in the country is 3,26,61,252, including 9,18,470 samples tested yesterday.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state from the infection. Maharashtra reported 13,165 new COVID-19 cases, and 346 deaths on Wednesday. As per the Public Health Department of Maharashtra, 9,011 patients were also discharged on Wednesday, taking the total recovery to 4,46,881. The total cases in the state rose to 6,28,642 and the fatalities increased to 21,033. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state from the infection with 1,60,413 active cases.

India scaled a new peak in daily testing as more than 9 lakh COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, informed Union Ministry of Health on Thursday. The Ministry further stated that the positivity rate has come down to below 8 per cent. "India scales a new peak in daily testing. More than 9 lakh COVID19 tests conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate comes down below 8 per cent," the Ministry tweeted.

In pursuance of the "Test, Track and Treat" strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day. Notably, India has registered over 60,000 recoveries in the preceding 24 hours, which was the highest number of recoveries from the deadly virus in a single day.

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